A good, kind, thoughtful, and most humble man. I had a nice chat with him at
Aspen Grove one summers afternoon back in the 80's. I was lifted by his spirit
-- and that he just honestly wanted to get to know the "Saints".
I loved his sermons and talks.
The heavens rejoice though our tears flow here on earth. Last week, Chieko died.
Now my friend, Duff, who I just visited a few weeks ago. He was chairman of the
board of Enterprise Mentors in the Philippines, always leading our meetings with
great humor and insight. We were partners on the Ouelessebougou Alliance board
for a decade or more of work in Mali. He mentored me, loved me, and supported
our poverty-fighting projects around the globe. Duff was so wise, so kind, so
humble. Decades ago he pushed for the Church to encourage missionary community
service among the poor around the world. His sermons were always uplifting and
expressions of joy. He left a legacy of community service through his beloved
wife, Maxine, kids, and grandchildren, many of whom Ive enjoyed collaborating
with in places like Nigeria, Guatemala, Honduras, and Thailand. Thank you, Duff,
for your stories, example, and personal concern for each of us.
When I was younger, I would always remember Brother Hanks giving addresses in
General Conference. He was one of the BEST, I always thought: one that I
always looked forward to. This was back when David O. McKay was prophet, Hugh
B. Brown, and J. Rueben Clark were counselors.It's sad to see him
leave this world, but in the Next World, I'm sure he will be a gifted speaker
and worker there too. He lived a Good Life here in Earth Life.God Bless Elder Marion D Hanks!!!
Is this a recent picture of him.?
Duff was one of my fav's..........he will be greatly missed!
I was privileged to take Institute classes from Elder Hanks in the middle 60's,
and when my 1st husband and I were married, he performed the ceremony in the
Salt Lake Temple. He was a wonderful teacher, and kind and gentle man, filled
with the spirit, and ever ready to give service. Thanks so much, Elder Hanks,
for being the example and inspiration that you always were. My condolences to
his family at this time of temporary separation from him. How blessed we are to
know that families can be eternal!
Just a brief true story about this great man. Back when I was a missionary in
Auckland, New Zealand Elder Hanks came to a zone conference and it was announced
by our mission president that Elder Hanks would address us for a few minutes.
He stood up, walked to the podium with nothing but his scriptures in hand. He
opened up the scriptures and gave the elders and sisters there an experience we
would never forget. Four straight hours of teaching about the Savior straight
from the standard works. We were enthralled and captivated to say the least. A
learning experience from a master teacher. It was one of the highlights of my
missionary experience. Age has dimmed my memory somewhat but I will never
forget that experience that I had as a young missionary from a devoted disciple
of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Had the chance to sit next to Elder Hanks on a flight from New York to Salt Lake
City. Great guy!! Condolences to his family, he was one of the better guys!!
Living in Tokyo Prefecturein the mid to late 60's just after the first stake in
Tokyo was formed, our seminary teacher called us late one night to tell us a
general authority had a layover in Tokyo, and was available to talk to us if we
could get up to the mission home. After a long train ride into downtown, Elder
Hanks and President Komatsu met us. I will ever remember sitting on the floor
of the mission home around Elder Hanks as he spoke to us. Then, in the middle of
speaking, he stopped and was quiet for what seemed a long moment. Then, he said
to us, "I promise you, in the Name of the Lord, that some day, a Temple to
the Lord will stand on this very spot." I don't remember one other thing
he said (I was only 13-14). But, when the Tokyo temple was announced years
later, I was not suprised at all where it was to be located. Thank you, Elder
Hanks, for the time you took out of your busy schedule to create such memories.
He was a great example of a great teacher. Humble, approachable, and personable.
He spoke in a simple, easy to understand way that touched your heart and went to
your very soul. I've seen him stand in a room and with only the scriptures in
hand, ask people to pick a page, then a column, then a verse. Then he would
discuss that verse, and though it might be a verse I would have passed over many
times without a second glance he was able to teach great lessons from what I and
others thought was a ho-hum, non-descript verse. He was an amazing teacher.
Thank you, Elder Hanks. Well done.
We have lost a good man and speaker. I have enjoyed listening to Elder Hanks
growing up and will miss him dearly. To the Hanks family, I hope and pray that
the lord will bless you and your family until we see your father and husband
again in a better world.
"remarkable capacity for ministering to the one" - I testify he
ministered to this one. As a young missionary struggling with the challenges of
learning the "rainbow" discussions in the MTC in 1979, he ministered
to me. I am grateful to this day. I saved a letter he wrote to me for many,
many years.I have long believed that there is more joy on the other side
when loved ones re-unite than there is sadness here on earth when someone leaves
this life. And if we could see that joy on the other side, it would ease our
sorrow here somewhat. I am happy for him, but also grieve for his family. He still is a great and spiritual ambassador of Christ, I have missed hearing
him speak at General Conferences. I will continue to follow his Christlike
example of ministering.
The greatest talk I ever heard from him was his general conference talk on
forgiveness in the October 73 sessions. Absolutely life changing. I urge all
to read it. My brother was under church discipline at the time for a grave
error on his part and this talk helped heal wounds of the soul. I too like him
want to qualify as a friend of Christ. I know he did.
Another giant oak has fallen. Heaven sings to have another great servant coming
home. May we remember this wonderful man and the good life he led and rejoice
for the lives that he touched and made better. Sending heartfelt gratitude and
sympathy to the Hanks family.
I remember Elder Hanks as the man who set me apart for my mission to Brazil in
March, 1958. It took place in his office at the old Church Administration
building which still stands next to the Joseph Smith Building on South Temple.
It would have been just another setting apart by him except for what
happened. He laid his hands on my head then began to pray and was praying for
several minutes when there was a knock on his door. The person continued to
knock, again and again. When it was obvious that they weren't going away he
paused and then removed his hands from my head, excused himself and walked to
the door. I never saw the person there but it sounded like a woman and I assumed
one of the secretaries. He then apologized to me and laid his hands on my
head again. It took about a full minute for him to restart the prayer. I thought
he might start over, but he just picked up from where he had left it and
continued on. I wish I had a copy of that prayer and blessing.
He was an example of the Savior and the best way I can honor him is to try my
best to follow his example.
I went to his office years ago to gather biographical information for a tribute
we offered him as he stepped down in is roll as an adviser to Sigam Gamma Chi
and Lambda Delta Sigma. When I asked his secretary to summarize, she simple
said, "He treats people the way the Savior would if He were here."Amen.
Hard to find room for another comment but I extend condolences to his family and
mourn for the loss, to us, of another of the "good guys". I went to
West w/Duf Hanks, a great basketball player and one of the leaders, even then,
along w/Elaine Anderson (Cannon) whom I admired as they were a year ahead. Often
as a reporter for SL Trib/DesNus of the forties and fifties I ran into him doing
a "lunch tour" for people at the old Museum on Temple Square. I later
became a tour guide for the "new" visitors centers and often thought
of him, a quiet guy who treated everyone the same and glowed w/goodness. He will
be missed. colleen moore peters
89 years is a life filled with service, great memories, and wonderful family.
God speed, Duff. You have earned your eternal rest.
In the summer of 1970 at the age 18, along with 13 other recent high school
grads, I was on the work crew for the Hill Cumorah Pageant. He came to speak
with the missionaries at the hill, so the work crew were invited to attend. He
spoke then opened the time up for questions. One missionary was bold enough to
ask about wearing the temple garment ALL hours off the day, regardless of the
activity, such as if one was swimming. Elder Hanks caught the real intent of the
question and smiled. His reply? "Wear the uniform best suited for the
Another story shows his "remarkable capacity for ministering to the
one." My husband and I met Elder Hanks in the Honolulu Airport in 1970. We
were ending my husband's 7-day "R&R" from Vietnam. Elder Hanks and
I & my infant boarded a flight to San Francisco to connect with a late SLC
flight, but mechanical problems kept us on the tarmac for 2 hours. We landed in
SF just minutes before the SLC flight was to leave. I gathered up my infant,
child seat, bag, etc. and started across the airport, thinking we'd be spending
the night there. Running back in my direction was Elder Hanks. He'd sprinted to
the SL flight, clear to the cockpit, & told the pilot (who hadn't been
notified about us) to wait. Then he came back to help us get to the flight,
taking my infant in his arms and carrying her as I ran behind him. It was a
small thing, but typical of this caring man who really looked out for veterans
& their families. He's one of the great ones & surely welcomed by many
in heaven who he served here.
I fondly remember my first memory of Duff. I was 7 or 8 years old (1952-53).
He was my brother's priesthood advisor in Wasatch Ward. The youth held a
fireside at my parent's home. Duff was the speaker. He related many spiritual
experiences of WWII. I hid under the dinning room table in my pajamas to listen.
I was riveted. While I remember only one of the stories he told that night,
what remains in my heart is the spirit that pervaded the room. The front of our
home was jammed with teenagers on folding chairs, but it was so quiet you could
have heard a pin drop. No one wanted it to end.
Elder Hanks attended as a general authority an Aaronic priesthood awards night
in Fillmore, Utah, in the early 1950s when I was about 12 or 13 years old. My
father and I had the opportunity to sit opposite Elder Hanks at the banquet
table. He regaled all of us at the table with some of his athletics
experiences, including playing handball. I don't remember much of what he said
in his speech to those in attendance, but I do remember that it appealed greatly
to the young men who were there and made him one of those general authorities I
always looked forward to hearing in General Conference talks. The
next time I met Elder Hanks in person was in 1991 when he attended our stake
conference in Sandy, Utah to participate in dividing our stake and sustaining
new stake presidencies. After the conference he interviewed me prior to my call
as Bishop of our ward.Like many Latter-day saints who knew him of
knew of him, I will miss Elder Hanks, and wish the best to his family.
I remember and honor Elder Hanks by proxy for one of his British Mission Elders,
Elder Lawrence James Slade, now deceased. Perhaps President Hanks and Elder
Slade have enjoyed a reunion in the next life. Though somewhat troubled
throughout most of his life, Larry loved President Hanks and spoke of him often.
In particular he spoke of the individual attention and genuine concern that he
received from his busy mission president. Larry was a dear friend, who I
remember fondly. I'm smiling at the prospect of his reunion with his beloved
mission president. Love and condolences to the Hanks family. Thank you for
your lives of service that enabled the marvelous life of service of your beloved
husband, father and grandfather.
Over 20 years ago I heard a talk by Elder Hanks entitled "The Great
Commandments." To this day I believe it is one of the best talks ever given
on the second great commandment--that we should love our neighbors as ourselves.
A few years later, I ended up exchanging letters with Elder Hanks on a very
important topic. I will never forget how it felt to have a man who was in such
a special position take what I had to say so seriously. It was great to receive
that kind of respect. I will miss Elder Hanks and look forward to meeting him
in the life after this one.
A morale builder he was ! I was serving in Vietnam, Marines 1967 active duty.
Elder Hanks spoke to a group of us in a chapel in Da Nang on China Beach. After
the meeting was over, I was able to visit with Elder Hanks with a few other
guys. As we walked along China Beach he spoke to us with words of incouragement
and wisdom that I will never forget . At that time I did not realize how much
faith I would need for the time I served in Vietman . I lost close friends and
almost lost my life many times in Vietnam. I am today disablied from serving in
Vietnam. Thank you Elder Hanks for taking the time to be there with us at a time
we needed you so much ! Thank You Dieter Kunkel
Elder Hanks was mission president in the 1960's when my parents were
investigating the church. It was Elder Hanks who told my father that it was time
to stop procrastinating and make a decision. Due to Elder Hank's influence the
right decision was made. Many wonderful missionaries were involved during the
two year teaching process and the whole of my family owe a great debt to
Elder Hanks and all his missionaries who changed not only our lives, but
hopefully our eternity too. Our love and best wishes to all the family of Elder
Can remember Elder Hanks resonating voice/ the many talks and teaching I heard
from him over the years, like it was yesterday. What he was about and what he
was giving to us and the great person that he is-- we are so hugely lucky to
have been impacted by him and to be able to listen to him teach. Can only
imagine the Savior and Joseph Smith eagerly welcoming him on the other side:
THANK YOU for your invaluable efforts and the huge difference you made, in
building up the Kingdom and strengthening the Youth of the church!
I am sorry to see him go. I always loved his talks and his home town way of
speaking. My condolences to his family.
My memories of Elder Marion D. Hanks (Duff) began in 1949 when I was a Junior at
West High School and was invited to sign up for Seminary. I did, and that was
the beginning of my admiration for "Duff" as I took 3 of his early
morning seminary classes and was able to graduate from Seminary. He was always
available to counsel us in whatever problems we might be having and his
solutions and wisdom remain with me to this day. Other than my parents, he was
the greatest influence in my life in teaching the gospel in such illuminating
ways. His stories and examples from the scriptures have stayed with me and
strengthened me over the years. My husband and I had the blessing of hearing
him speak and visiting with him in some of the missions we served together, and
we both appreciate his love and concern for us and for all missionaries. His
General Conference talks were always a highlight for us. There is no
doubt where he is now and that is a comfort. Our love and sympathy are with his
family at this time. Hopefully we will see him in the Eternities.
I remember sitting in the old mission home, where now sets the conference
center, & listening to Elder Hanks. I do not remember his words but I
remember the feelings I felt as a young green missionary. It was 1966 & he
instructed us missionaries just how Section 50 teaches us to teach. I count
myself blessed to have shared his wisdom those many years ago. Thank you for
your life Elder Hanks.
My wife and I have know Elder Hanks for most of our lives. He was a good friend
of my mother when she was growing up. He was my grandmother's mission president.
He lived in my wife's ward and she was good friends with his son Richard. He
graciously agreed to perform our marriage in the Salt Lake Temple. He will be
greatly missed by us.Gary G. and Lisa Meredith Cannon
A great man who influenced a lot of people for good.
Being a Black Member of the Church. There are just to spins on the Vietnam visit
stuff. In 1968 I watched Church Leaders come in and wisit the LDS Service Men.
It was not5 aalways pretty with the LDS People for the rest of us.Let it be 40 years have gone by, and I am glad he came, we where glad anyone
came. I was married to a young Mormon Girl Woman at the time so there was some
connection. I am also Married to a Fine Mormon Woman today. My former Wife
joined the Church several years ago and my Son and Grandson. In 1988 I did the
same. I watch Conference and Read and this Elder was Cool and I
liked him. I also do not believe it was any fault of the Church
Leaders from Salt Lake that their where any problems. I have always felt that
that was local.Where about 15 different Races in my Ward, lots of
Vets WWII on, Japanese Vets, Hawaiian of my kinds Vets, White Vets, Then when we
get done the Tongans take over with their metting. Its about the
Gospel First, all else 2nd.
I will always be grateful for the words Elder Hanks taught me the day he sealed
my wife and I in the Temple. "I am sorry are the healing words, use them
often". 18 years later we still heed his advice and council!Thank you Elder for your service, your dedication to the gospel, your sealing
authority that united a simple man and his wife so long ago!